LCPS Distance Learning - Anna

A Briar Woods High student engages in distance learning.

Thanks to a $30,000 grant from Google, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Learning Partnership and the Loudoun Education Foundation, Loudoun County Public Schools will implement a training program this spring to help educators more effectively engage students in virtual learning environments.

The CLP will oversee management of the awarded funds and the implementation of the development program, while the LEF will “assist in housing and administering the grant funds,” according to a Wednesday announcement.

“The way in which students are educated has completely changed over the past year going from in-person learning to a virtual platform, said Laurel Brown, Google’s head of community development for the eastern U.S., in a prepared statement. “Educators are on the front line of making this a smooth transition for students and navigating this new classroom setting.”

Officials said program participants will attend skill-building workshops featuring instruction from a Google for Education training partner based in the state.

Participants will also receive “mini grants” to apply the material they learn in the workshops and will be able to share their lessons with other Virginia educators in a virtual public symposium at the end of the program.

“The Commonwealth Learning Partnership was founded to advance, align and amplify high-quality professional learning opportunities and resources for Virginia’s education community,” CLP Director Gena Keller said in a prepared statement.

“Our Partnership is proud to participate in a project that has such long-lasting, positive impact on the professional development of educators and deeper learning for students.”

LEF Executive Director Dawn Meyer added, “Through this work, educators and students alike will be more empowered and equipped to embrace virtual learning platforms.”

More information on the Commonwealth Learning Partnership and the Loudoun Education Foundation is available at commonwealthlearningpartnership.org and loudouneducationfoundation.org, respectively.

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